I keep hearing that there’s a God-shaped hole in us that only He can fill, like if I drank one glass of water that would slake my thirst forever. To say it this way implies that we are bigger than God and the emptiness is smaller than our whole self, and that we have to fill ourselves with God, and that the little bit of Him filling this God-shaped hole will make us complete. Sounds like that would appeal to our innate original sinful desire to control and be God, but it also sounds like there’s something still missing.
It might be more accurate to say that there is a place in God for us… and maybe, just maybe we have to be born again in Him. But who is God and how does that happen? It begins at a “cross” roads. You will never be fully complete until you confront that cross in the road.
Jesus lived. Jesus died on a cross. Jesus rose again! Believe and be born again!
Stranger on the Shore - Michael Card In the early morning mist They saw a Stranger on the sea shore He some how seemed familiar Asking what the night had brought With taught anticipation then They listen to His order And pulling in the net Found more than they had ever caught The one He loved first recognized The stranger there was Jesus And he alone remembered This had happened once before The one who had denied Him Who had once walked on the water Jumped in and swam to Him To be confronted on the shore Chorus You need to be confronted By the Stranger on the shore You need to have Him search your soul You need to hear the call You need to learn exactly What it means for you to follow You need to realize that He's asking for your all The meal He had prepared for them Was waiting on the fire The smell of bread The sizzle of the fish upon the coals The laughter and the joy That once more being all together They didn't realize that He was searching all their souls Then came the painful questions That would pierce the soul of Simon A three fold chance to reaffirm the love he had denied The gentle eyes that saw his heart And waited for an answer Had seen the look upon his face The moment he had lied Chorus Now realize that you must Face and answer all His questions As you stand before the Stranger On the shore inside your heart
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Father, I look back and I see fallen me. I stand at the cross and see You, God. I look forward as a new creation into eternity, all because of Your grace in the gift of faith, and baptismal waters, Lord Jesus. May I never look back again. Thank you for washing away my sin, and filling me with Living Water. He who believes in You will never die, but live, Lord. He who believes in You will never thirst again. In Jesus name, Amen